Newsletter Feature - TX
You're the Cure on the Hill 2017: A Texas Perspective
At the end of June, more than 330 American Heart Association volunteers and staff from 46 states, including Texas, traveled to Washington, D.C. to advocate for federal research support and key legislation that will benefit Americans with cardiovascular disease (CVD). The advocates urged their members of Congress to prioritize National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding for heart and stroke research and to support bills that would expand access to stroke telemedicine (telestroke) and cardiac rehabilitation. They also encouraged their lawmakers to oppose the American Health Care Act or any Senate substitute that reduces access to affordable and adequate health care coverage.
Texas legislative recap
Arlington Goes Smoke-Free
You did it! As of May 9th, Arlington is the 74th smoke-free city in Texas!
Ready, Set, Jump!
On May 15, 2017, the Voices for Healthy Kids Texas team hosted a group of K-5 students from East Terrell Hills Elementary School at the Capitol. This amazing group of 17 students visited the Texas State Capitol in Austin for the first time to learn about the Legislature and thank legislators for their support of a beloved subject, Quality Physical Education.
Recap: Health and Fitness Class on the Capitol lawn
In recognition of Employee Health and Fitness Month, The American Heart Association teamed up with the General Land Office and Railroad Commission to host a free exercise class for state employees and the general public on the Capitol lawn on May 10th. Commissioners George P. Bush and Ryan Sitton lead a group of more than 50 in a rigorous, heart-healthy workout that included jumping jacks, burpees and flutter kicks.
An Update on Smoke-Free Arlington
On Tuesday, April 25th, the Arlington City Council met to consider a smoke-free ordinance for the second time. Two weeks prior, the City Council voted 6-3 in favor of the ordinance.
March Madness: Smoke-Free Texas Victories
We're excited to report that in the last month the cities of New Braunfels, Penitas, Lyford, and Brookshire have gone smoke-free.
Hays County Heart Walk: Advocacy Volunteers Needed
The 2017 Hays County Heart Walk is Saturday, April 8th and we need advocates, like you, to volunteer at our You’re the Cure™ table.
Why Rosalie Tristan Fights for a Smoke-Free RGV
Rosalie Tristian and her granddaughter, Aliana, were all smiles at the San Antonio Heart Walk where together they helped raise over $1000 for the American Heart Association. However, their incredible fundraising efforts are only a small piece of what they’ve done to further the AHA’s mission of eliminating heart disease and stroke.
60+ Texas Cities Are Now Smoke-Free!
Thanks to the dedication, passion, and energy of advocates like you, there are now over 60 cities in Texas that have comprehensive smoke-free ordinances on the books!